Q105: Hi Master Lu, my son is having exams soon. What should we recite? What should we do on the day of the exam?


  • First of all, students must study hard, and prepare for exams with a proper mindset.
  • The following should be included in the Daily Recitation before the exam:
    • The following is recommended as a minimum: the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) 7 times, Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) 7 times, andCundi Dharani (Chun Ti Shen Chou) 21 or 49 times. You can say the following prayer, “May the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva protect <full name>, and help <full name> to have wishes fulfilled, to have exams go smoothly, and to achieve academic success.”
    • Generally, starting from about three months before the exam period, the recitation of the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance(Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) can be reduced to once per day to avoid the activation of negative karmas into foreign spirits, which may affect the exam performance.
  • It is also recommended that you make Great Vows and perform Life Liberation.
  • If you sense that there may be foreign spirits occupying the student’s body, it would be best to perform the transferring of merits as soon as possible using Little Houses, and address them to the “Karmic Creditor of <full name>”.
  • If the student does not have sufficient time to perform recitations, the student can begin with reciting the Cundi Dharani 21 times per day. The effects would be significantly reduced if family members are performing all the recitations, and the student does not recite at all.
  • The day of the exam is also very important. The student can carry a charm or amulet, and wear clothes that match the colour of his Totem. Most importantly, you should perform the following recitations. You can recite the Great Compassion Mantra 7 times in the morning. While the student is in the exam room, family members can recite the Heart Sutra and the Cundi Dharani for him continuously, and sincerely ask Guan Yin Bodhisattva to protect and bless him, so that he will gain wisdom and pass the exam successfully.
  • Unreleased results are classified in the “Yin” category, whereas released results are classified in the “Yang” category. Therefore, after the exam, but before the results are released, you can still improve your exam results by reciting the Cundi Dharani.


[Updated 2012.06.26]